William Moseley Jones

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William Moseley Jones
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46th Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
January 1937 – November 1938
Preceded byEdward Craig
Succeeded byPaul Peek
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 51st district
In office
January 2, 1933 - January 2, 1939
Preceded bySarah E. Kellogg
Succeeded byF. Ray Bennett
Personal details
William Moseley Jones

July 6, 1905
Portsmouth, Ohio
DiedMarch 24, 1988(1988-03-24) (aged 82)
Newport Beach, California
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionAttorney, Legislator, Banking Executive

William Moseley Jones (1905–1988) was a Democratic attorney from Montebello, California who served several terms in the California State Assembly, including one term as Speaker.


William Moseley Jones was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended Occidental College and received a law degree from the University of Southern California in 1927.[1] After practicing law in Los Angeles for five years, Jones was elected to represent the 51st Assembly District (Montebello) in 1932.[2] In the 1936 elections, California Democrats gained their first Assembly majority in the 20th Century and elected Jones as Speaker for the 1937 session.

Jones was a Mason, Redmen, Elk, and was President of the Belvedere Gardens Lions Club in the 1930s.

In 1944, Jones helped organize a savings and loan that, in 1953, became Pacific Savings and Loan.[3] Jones served as President of Pacific Savings and Loan for many years thereafter. In 1969, Jones was elected President of the California Savings and Loan League.[4]

Jones died at age 82 on March 24, 1988 and is buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach, California.[4]


  1. ^ Bio info from California Blue Book 1938, Office of State Printing, Sacramento, Ca. p. 56.
  2. ^ District renumbered 58th District in 2001 reapportionment.
  3. ^ California Financial Journal, "Profiles in Finance," March 1970, page 18.
  4. ^ a b LA Times, March 25, 1988, obituary.

External links[edit]

  • [1] California Assembly web page
  • [2] UC Regents historical biographies

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California Assembly
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 51st District
January 3, 1933 – January 2, 1939
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
January 1937 – November 1938
Succeeded by